The War of the Fatties and Other Stories from Aztec History

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The War of the Fatties and Other Stories from Aztec History

By Salvador Novo



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6 x 9 | 292 pp. | 1 b&w illustrations, 2 maps

ISBN: 978-0-292-75554-3

In "The War of the Fatties," a campy, tongue-in-cheek retelling of an episode from the Mexican "Trojan War," naked fat women from Tlatelolco discombobulate Tenochtitlan's invading army by squirting them with breast milk. Told with satiric allusions to the policies and tactics used by Mexico's current ruling party, PRI, to consolidate its power, the play unfolds a history of vain rivalry and decadence, intricate political maneuvers, corruption, and unchecked ambition that determined the course of Mexican history for two centuries before the Spanish conquest.

Novo's other works in this collection—"A Few Aspects of Sex among the Nahuas," "Ahuítzotl and the Magic Water," "Cuauhtémoc: Play in One Act," "Cuauhtémoc and Eulalia: A Dialogue," "Malinche and Carlota: A Dialogue," and "In Ticitézcatl or The Enchanted Mirror: Opera in Two Acts"—represent nearly all of his Aztec-related writings. Taken together, they provide a delightful introduction to Novo's later works and a light-hearted, historically accurate introduction to Aztec culture. The text is supplemented by a glossary of Nahuatl terms, notes on the historical characters, and an introduction that provides historical background and places Novo's works within their cultural context.

Introduction: About the Author
Notes to Introduction
Translator’s Note
“A Few Aspects of Sex among the Nahuas”
In Pipiltzintzin (The Children) orThe War of the Fatties: Comedy in Two Acts
“Ahuítzotl and the Magic Water”(Chapter from the unpublished Historia de Coyoacán)
Cuauhtémoc: Play in One Act
Cuauhtémoc and Eulalia: A Dialogue
Malinche and Carlota: A Dialogue
In Ticitézcatl or The Enchanted Mirror: Opera in Two Acts
Appendix A: “Mexicans Like ’em Fat”
Appendix B: Lineage Chart of the Kings of Tenochtitlan and Neighboring Cities
Appendix C: Map of Anáhuac and Central Mexico
For an Excellent Quick Introduction
Texts and Authors Mentioned by Novo
Other Works of Interest
Works by Novo
Critical Studies and Books about Novo
Bibliographies of Novo’s Work

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